Software Secure Brings Secure Computer-Based Exams to the Mac
Securexam(R) Released for the Mac
CAMBRIDGE, MA, 03/22/2005 -- Software Secure, a pioneer in educational software development, announced today the release of its popular Securexam® software product for the Mac OS X. With the release of the Mac version, Software Secure has brought its Securexam technology, which enables high schools, colleges and professional testing organizations to administer computer-based testing to students with ease, efficiency and a “cheat proof” security platform to all test-takers regardless of which kind of computer they use.
“We are thrilled to support the throngs of very vocal Mac users who want to be able to use their computers to type legible, well-organized exams, that are easier for faculty to grade,” says Software Secure founder and President, Douglas Winneg. Securexam transforms any computer into a secure test-taking terminal so students can take a test without being able to access any pre-existing information or the Internet.
Software Secure helps high schools, colleges, graduate schools, and professional testing organizations attain the benefits of computer-based testing without the harmful consequences of electronic cheating. Just last month, hundreds of aspiring lawyers sitting for the bar exam were able to word-process the essay portion of the exam on their laptops, rather than suffer hand-cramps from the long day of testing.
Many colleges and high schools throughout the country have instituted laptop programs which provide a laptop computer for every student. Other schools are increasing the size of their computer labs so as to facilitate in-class computing. One of the biggest challenges these schools face is responsibly incorporating computers into the learning process so as to maximize the educational benefits while minimizing the potential negative consequences. Ensuring that students can use computers to take tests without being able to cheat has resonated well at these schools.
In addition to preventing cheating, Securexam has proven to be a product that benefits a number of constituencies in education: students have an easier time editing and revising their exam answers; teachers are able to grade exams quicker, editing them on screen or on legible print-outs; and, schools are able to leverage their growing investment in computers and wireless networks.
“We started using Software Secure’s Windows version of Securexam last year because the demand from faculty and students was just too great not to offer a secure computer-based testing solution,” said Daniel Manier, Director of Information Technology at Notre Dame Law School. “We are thrilled that rather than borrow or rent PCs to take exams, our Mac students will now be able to use Securexam on their own computers.”
“With the obvious increased demand for computer-based testing, Software Secure is proud to provide secure testing solutions for every member of the education community regardless of computer choice,” says Winneg.
About Software Secure, Inc.
Software Secure is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The Company was founded in 1999 with the mission to facilitate the responsible incorporation of computers into the learning process. Software Secure works with colleges, graduate schools, K-12, and certification exam organizations to develop tools that unleash the powerful benefits of computer-based learning. By providing software solutions that prevent the misuse of computers, the Company has enabled institutions throughout the world to improve the teaching and testing process. Software Secure’s suite of products enables students to attain the benefits of computer-based testing and learning, without the harmful consequences of electronic cheating or digital distraction. In addition to creating a cheat-proof platform for both Internet-based and non-Internet based computer testing, Software Secure products control access to the Internet, facilitating classroom use of technology without unwanted web-surfing. Please visit www.softwaresecure.com/ for more information.
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